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California’s New Training Requirement (and Why the Rest of Us Should Care)

An expansion of anti-harassment training requirements that apply to auto dealers and other business owners in the Golden State will inevitably lead to new standards nationwide.

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IHS: EV Sales, Loyalty Reach Record Highs

U.S. sales of all-electric vehicles more than doubled in 2018, a year in which EV buyer and lessee loyalty increased to 55%.

California New-Vehicle Sales Expected to Exceed 2 Million in 2018

With the car market having plateaued after several years of increases, the California New Car Dealers Association said it continues to see increasing demand for larger, more family-friendly vehicles. But with gas prices continuing to increase, that trend could shift in the quarters ahead.

Marijuana Use Still Illegal on Calif. Roads

Marijuana sales for recreational use became legal in California on Jan. 1, but another change in state law prohibits smoking or consuming the drug while driving or riding in a vehicle.

6 Legal Challenges for California Dealers

California auto dealers and their employees are on a litigation collision course. Attorney lists six problem areas to discuss with counsel.

New Gas Tax Hike Not Enough to Fix California’s Crumbling Roads, Group Says

California roads are crumbling, and a nonprofit, nonpartisan think tank says in a newly published white paper that a recently passed transportation funding bill won’t raise enough funds to complete the backlog of needed repairs.

LoJack Recovered $112 Million in Stolen Vehicles in 2015

The most targeted vehicles were those worth more than $30,000. However, the average value of recovered vehicles in 2015 was $10,287. Thieves are also targeting specific vehicle colors, with black and white cars accounting for 20% and 18% of vehicles recovered, respectively.

Former Larry H. Miller Group CEO Acquires California Dealership

Greg Miller, who stepped down as CEO of the Larry H. Miller Group in March 2015, has acquired Bob Baker Toyota in San Diego, Calif. The dealership will be renamed Greg Miller Toyota and will be operated under his new enterprise, Greg Miller Automotive San Diego.

The Battle of Sacramento

In 2012, California’s capital was the site of a yearlong battle between state lawmakers and buy here, pay here dealers. Two new laws designed to protect consumers are now on the books, and dealers say they’re causing headaches on both sides of the sale.

Calif. Dealer Association Fights New CarMax Location

The Silicon Valley Auto Dealers Association has filed an appeal with the San Jose planning department over a proposed CarMax facility, claiming it will “cannibalize” used-car sales.